Jakob Fredslund, Ph.D., Curriculum Vitæ
June 2005: Forskningsrådet for Teknologi og Produktion (Danish Research Council for Technology and Production), funding for 18 months for the project “Designing primers for quantitative-PCR of transcription factor genes in crops”.
October 2005: Forskningsrådet for Udviklingsforskning (Danish Council for Development Research), funding for 12 months for the project ”Bioinformatics support for breeding programs in rice and bean with focus on iron homeostasis”. Funding declined due to the other grant received.
: Research Assistant for three months with
LEGO–Lab, the robotics group at
2002 – March 2003: Assistant professor at
March 2003 – September 2003: Assistant professor at BiRC, extension. The extension
was for a full year but I switched to the project mentioned below.
October 2003 – October 2005: Assistant professor at BiRC on the project
“Bioinformatics, marker assisted breeding and map based cloning”, funded by a
Danish Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council (SJVF) grant. Grant holder Professor Jens Stougaard. From August 2004 to November 2004 I was on paternity leave (four months on half-time).
November 2005 – April 2007: Assistant professor at BiRC on the project “Designing
primers for quantitative-PCR of transcription factor genes in crops”, funded by
the Danish Research Council for Technology and Production.
Other work and activities:
1996 : Freelance-model designer for Danish toy manufacturer LEGO.
1997 : Software-tester with company Dtech Translation for two months.
1999 : Co-designer of music playing LEGO robots with expressive faces and gestures
for the LEGO company.
2001 : Co–programmer and co–robot-designer on the Jungle Cube LEGO multimedia
installation, a project under the LEGO–Lab.
2003 : Robot designer on the Innerspace LEGO multimedia installation, a project
under the LEGO–Lab.
2005 : Built the humanoid LEGO robot Dr. Watson,
2006 : Submitted a book proposal for a “Python for Bioinformaticians” educational
programming book. Following encouraging reviews, my editor at Wiley
Publishing has urged me to widen the scope of the book and resubmit it.
Education & communication:
1996 : Gave private tutoring lessons in mathematics to high school student.
1997 : Advisor at education fair for high school students.
1998, 1999, 2000 : Co–planned and –hosted the computer science booth at the annual
Danish Natural Sciences Festival
and University of
Fair in Århus.
1998 : Co–planned and –demonstrated a LEGO football stadium, exhibited at the
Robot Soccer World Cup
1999 : Co-demonstrated an interactive LEGO football project for children under the
RoboCup Junior event held in connection with Robot Soccer World Cup in
2001 : Jakob Fredslund, Maja J Matarić, Robot Formations. In AliveArt Handbook,
Elisa Giaccardi and
2003 : Appearance and interview in the promotion film for the Natural Sciences Den
Hotteste Forskning (2003), directed by Mette Thybo, distributed on schools nation-wide.
2004, 2005 : Appearance of my robot Feelix in two children’s books about robots:
Robotics (cool science), Helena Domaine, Lerner Publications (ISBN 0822521121)
2005, and Robot (eyewitness), Rodger Francis Bridgman, Dorling Kindersley (ISBN 0756602548) 2004.
2005 : Co-planner and participant in a public Science Café during the national Day of
Research, May 12th.
2005 : Authored the article Superjordnøddernes Hemmelighed
Aktuel Naturvidenskab, 6:12-15, December 2005
2006 : Interviewed live by Østjyllands Radio (estimated 150.000 listeners) about my research for the morning show “Hvad forsker de i?”. Broadcast available at http://www.daimi.au.dk/~chili/Formidling/radiointerview17_1_2006.mp3 (20 minutes in Danish, file size about 7 Mb).
2006 : Co-hosted and -planned a visit at BiRC of 25 school children at BiRC, Oct. 25th.
2006 : Judge in the Oct. 28th Danish qualifying competition for the World Robot Olympics in China 2006. See article from paper metroXpress.
1999 : Seminar speaker at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of
2003 : BiRC seminar speaker. Presentation on gap graphs available here.
: Conference talk at WABI 2003 in
: Speaker at the Bioinformatics Day held
2005 : Seminar
speaker at the Danish
Centre Flakkebjerg. Invited by: Research Professor, D.Sc. Preben Bach Holm. Presentation available here.
: Speaker at the Bioinformatics and
Systems Biology Day held at
1972 : Year of birth.
1988 - 1991 : Tørring Amtsgymnasium. Score (average grade): 10,5.
1991 : Accepted
1995 : Minor subject in mathematics.
1998 : Master´s Degree with major subject in computer science (robotics). Thesis entitled (English translation): “Intelligent behavior without intelligence”. Grade: 11.
1998 : Accepted
1999 : Visited Professor John Hallam’s robotics group at the Department of Artificial
2000 – 2001 : Spent nine months as a graduate student at the Robotics Interaction Lab
with lab director Professor Maja J Matarić.
2002 : Ph.D. in computer science.
I maintain the webpage www.palindromer.dk with hundreds of palindromes (in Danish), a large fraction of which are authored by me.
My fairy tale generator http://www.daimi.au.dk/~chili/Eventyr/ writes random fairy tales (in Danish).
Mostly I read books, play soccer and play and write music – and love playing with my two children.
1995 : Four months in
1999 : Four months in